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Braff, Zach 1975–

BRAFF, Zach 1975–


Full name, Zachary I. Braff; born April 6, 1975, in South Orange, NJ; son of Hal (an attorney and professor) and Anne (a psychologist) Braff; brother of Joshua Braff (a novelist) and Adam J. Braff (a writer and producer). Education: Northwestern University, B.F.A., 1997.


Agent—Josh Lieberman, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Sandra Chang, Industry Entertainment, 955 South Carrillo Dr., 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90048.


Actor, director, writer, and producer. Music producer, including music for the soundtrack album Garden State, 2004; director of music videos, including "Superman" by Lazlo Bane, 2002, and "Chariot" by Gavin DeGraw, 2005. Appeared in the public service announcement series The More You Know, NBC; voice for commercials for Cottonelle paper products, 2003. Formerly worked as a waiter.


Phi Kappa Phi.

Awards, Honors:

Teen Choice Award nominations, choice television actor in a comedy, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, Golden Satellite Award, International Press Academy, best actor in a comedy or musical series, Golden Globe Award nomination, best actor in a musical or comedy television series, and Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, 2005, all for Scrubs; Hollywood Discovery Award, Hollywood Film Festival, breakthrough directing, 2004; National Board of Review Award, best debut director, nomination for Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival, dramatic category, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, best new director, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, breakout of the year behind the camera, and Pauline Kael Breakout Award, Florida Film Critics Circle, 2004, Independent Spirit Award, Independent Features Project/West, best first feature (with others), Independent Spirit Award nomination, best first screenplay, Screen Award nomination, Writers Guild of America, best original screenplay, Empire Award nomination, best newcomer, Online Film Critics Society Award, best breakthrough filmmaker, and On-line Film Critics Society Award nominations, best breakthrough performance and best original screenplay, Teen Choice Award nominations, choice movie actor in a drama, choice movie blush scene, choice male movie breakout performance, and choice movie "liplock" and choice movie love scene (both with Natalie Portman), and MTV Movie Award nominations, breakthrough male and best kiss (with Portman), 2005, all for Garden State; Grammy Award, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, best compilation soundtrack for a motion picture, television, or other visual media (with others), 2005, for Garden State.


Film Appearances:

Nick Lipton, Manhattan Murder Mystery, TriStar, 1993.

Wesley, Getting to Know You (also known as Getting to Know All about You), Sundance Channel, 1999.

Dean, Endsville, Stick Figure Productions, 2000.

Fred, Blue Moon, Castle Hill/Curb Entertainment, 2000.

Benji, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, Screen Gems, 2000.

Andrew Largeman, Garden State, Fox Searchlight, 2004.

Himself, The Misbehavers (documentary), NightHawk Studios, 2004.

Voice of Chicken Little, Chicken Little (animated), Buena Vista, 2005.

Michael, The Last Kiss, DreamWorks, 2005.

Film Director:

Lionel on a Sunday (short film), Studio 22 Productions, 1997.

Garden State, Fox Searchlight, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Dr. John "J. D." Dorian, Scrubs, NBC, beginning 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Tony/Tammy, "My Summer as a Girl," CBS Schoolbreak Special, CBS, 1994.

Scrubs: The Outtake Show, NBC, 2003.

Himself, I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust, MTV, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

David Cummings, "Dawn Saves the Trees," The Baby–Sitters Club, HBO, c. 2000.

Voice of X–Stream Mike, "Election Blu–Galoo," Clone High, MTV, 2002.

Voice of Paul Revere, "A.D.D.: The Last 'D' Is for Disorder," Clone High, MTV, 2002.

Phillip Litt, "Spring Breakout," Arrested Development, Fox, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Himself, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, NBC, 2002.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2001, 2004.

Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2004.

"Garden State," Anatomy of a Scene, Sundance Channel, 2004.

Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2004.

Rove Live, 10 Network (Australia), 2004.

The Panel, 10 Network, 2004.

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2004.

Punk'd, MTV, 2005.

The View, ABC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 2004.

Presenter, The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2004.

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2005.

The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel and Bravo, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Nobody's Watching, The WB, 2005.

Television Director; Episodic:

"My Last Chance," Scrubs, NBC, c. 2004.

"My Best Laid Plans," Scrubs, NBC, c. 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Fleance and young Siward, Macbeth, New York Shakespeare Festival, Martinson Hall, Public Theatre, New York City, 1998.

Sebastian, Twelfth Night, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 2002.



The Making of "Garden State," Twentieth Century–Fox Home Entertainment, 2004.



Garden State, Fox Searchlight, 2004.



Newsmakers, Issue 2, Thomson Gale, 2005.


Entertainment Weekly, November 23, 2001, p. 35; September 13, 2002, p. 86; August 6, 2004, p. 52.

Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2004.

New Jersey Monthly, August, 2004, p. 70.

New York Times, July 25, 2004.

People Weekly, August 30, 2004.

TV Guide, March 6, 2004, pp. 34–35.

Washington Post, August 1, 2004, pp. N1, N7.


Spliced Online,, July 1, 2004.


Fresh Air from WHYY (radio series), National Public Radio, October 4, 2004.

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